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Concert and Dance Party // Saturday, September 17th // 7:00 to 10:00 PM // Berkeley Richmond JCC


Opening 
CALIFORNIA KLEZMER - RED HOT CHACHKAS ALL-STARS

Michael Arrow (drums), Julie Egger (violin), David Laub (bass),
Tony Phillips (mandolins), Jim Rebham (accordion), Gerry Tenney (mandolin, guitar, vocals)

Featuring
VERETSKI PASS

Stu BrotmanCookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz

Stu, Josh, & Cookie are

Followed by
Klezmer Dance Party
with Dance Leader Steve Weintraub

(There will not be any child-care during the Saturday concert)



Program Schedule // Sunday, September 18th // 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM // Berkeley Richmond JCC

A day-long program of sessions of music (musicians, bring your instruments!), singing, Yiddish culture, language, arts, and ...  see the specifics right below:

9:30-10:00 AM

  • Sing-Along/Wake-Up: Sharon Bernstein
  • Continental Breakfast: Fresh pastries, bagels, and coffee from the The Bake Shop of Berkeley will be available for sale.

10:00-11:30 AM

  • Everyone's Multi-Generation Klezmer Band: David Rosenfeld and Rob Reich. Welcome, people of all ages, instruments, and experience levels! Rob and David will lead you through all aspects of playing in a klezmer ensemble.  After learning a basic melody, we'll bring that tune to life with rhythm, harmony, texture, and arrangement ideas that draw upon everybody's strengths.
  • Woodwind Technique: Sheldon Brown. An exploration of the styles of Naftule Brandwein, Dave Tarras and other masters of klezmer clarinet. This class will cover klezmer scale modes, basic repertory, ornamentation and melodic improvisation. The class is not just for clarinetists! Saxphonists and flautists are also more than welcome
  • Yiddish Phrases: Harvey Varga. Find out how to say a variety of fun and interesting expressions in Yiddish. This will be a fun class and you will learn expressions that you can use everyday in the English speaking world.
  • Jewish History: John Efron. This course will focus on the history of East European Jewry. We will discuss the origins of Ashkenazic Jews from their beginning in small towns along the Rhine river in Germany and how those tiny settlements moved east in the Middle Ages to Poland and Russia and came to form the largest Jewish communities in history. Topics to be discussed include: society and economy of East European Jews, the history of Yiddish, Hasidism, Haskalah, politics and culture, the Bolshevik Revolution and images and representations of Jewish Eastern Europe.
  • Yiddish Sing-Along: Sylvie Braitman and Sharon Bernstein. Join us in singing many beautiful Yiddish songs-- favorites as well as newer ones. We will try to cover a varied repertoire.
  • Chayale Ash's Life in the Yiddish Theater:  Chayale Ash with Joel Schechter . The acclaimed Yiddish actress and diva Chayale Ash will reminisce about her life and times as an artist, from early years on stage in Romania, Poland and in Displaced Person camps, to later years as a play director and actress in Israel and the United States. This personal history of Yiddish theater will be presented in English, through an interview with Chayale Ash conducted by theater historian Joel Schechter.
  • Yiddish Dance: Steve Weintraub. Much of klezmer music was created to be dance music. We will cover steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the klezmer repertory: freylakhs, bulgar, sher, and zhok or hora, to name a few. Particular attention will be paid to how to lead the various figures and dances successfully.
  • Yiddish Rock and Roll: Gerry Tenney Learn to sing some translations of Rock and Roll songs. In Der Shtil Fun Der Nakht Doo Wop style will be featured.
  • Kids' Folk Art: Elaine Belkind. Micrography - make a picture out of words. A traditional Jewish art form The Red String -- renewed interest due to the Kabbalah fad. We will discuss folk beliefs & craft bracelets or amulets using red string Paper Cutting -- many original paper cuts have been lost. Keep this traditional craft alive! These activities can be incorporated into holiday cards if you want to.

11:40 AM -1:15 PM

  • Master Class with Veretski Pass: Stu BrotmanJosh Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein, Join Veretski Pass as we coach local bands in a session that is at once highly interactive, intensive, unabashedly honest, and humorous. We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of increasing musical energy, correcting arrangement problems, band coordination, stage presentation, and reveal trade secrets. This session promises to give fascinating insights into the details of professional music-making to both participants and audience alike.
  • Electric Klezmer Band: Tony Phillips. For teens and chronically immature adults. We'll arrange a klezmer melody to a rock groove, and a rock tune to a klezmer groove. Please bring your own gear, and be set up and ready to play before class session starts so we can blast right in (but we'll keep the volume at a level where acoustic instruments can play too). Hand percussionists and unusual instruments welcome.
  • Klezmer Arranging and Alternative Sources: Sheldon Brown. In this class we will explore techniques for developing a convincing arrangement, using models from traditional and contemporary groups. We will also explore the use of "alternative sources," such as other Eastern Eurpoean music, Middle Eastern music, Jazz, Funk, Classical -- or just about anything else!
  • Mameloshn -- Gender and Language in Ashkenaz: Naomi Seidman. This class traces the rise of Yiddish "women's literature" in the early modern period and follows the fortunes of Yiddish's subsequent associations with mothers, women and femininity.
  • Papercutting -- A Jewish Folk Art:: Claire Sherman. The amazing thing about papercutting is that you can create beautiful art work even if you don’t know how to draw, or “can’t draw a straight line”. We will use x-acto knives and scissors, to make royslekh, (circular or rose shaped paper window decorations for the holiday of Shavuos), and other papercuts such as mizrachim, with one or more folds. We will also delve into micrography, the Jewish folk art of creating pictures or patterns entirely of tiny words.
  • Yiddish Theater Remembered:  Murray Rosenthal. The Yiddish Theater played a fulfilling role in the life of the early Jewish immigrant. This slide show looks back at the sometimes poignant, often funny, world of bygone day and tells the story of its heroes: Boris Thomashefsky, Maurice Schwartz, Molly Picon and a host of others.
  • Klezmer 101: Julie Egger. Find out the basics of klezmer music, the dances, the different types of music, a little history, a lot of fun. We will listen to recordings of klezmer music, but not play our own instruments.
  • Yiddish Singing for Families: Gerry Tenney. Learn a new old song. Bring along a song to sing. Song sheets will be provided.

1:15-2:30 PM

  • Lunch: Delicious vegetarian fare from The Bake Shop will be available for sale. Variety of sandwiches, salads, cookies, drinks, coffee. Tables will be set up in the courtyard.
  • Discussion groups at specific tables.

2:30-4:00 PM

  • Vocal Technique / Stage Presence:  Sylvie Braitman. This class explores the various skills that make a performance moving and memorable. We will work on vocal quality and projection, physical presentation, intellectual and emotional connection to the lyrics of songs as well as to the music. Bring your favorite Yiddish song.
  • Comparing Greek and Klezmer Music: Martin Schwartz with Harvey Varga. Professor Schwartz is a long-standing collector of Greek, Turkish, and traditional klezmer music. In this fascinating talk he will examine the common musical heritage to be found in Greek music and klezmer music. He will introduce musical examples from early/archival recordings of rebetika and demotika, and klezmer instrumentals and Yiddish vocal music, arranged into various categories and discussed in a historical context.
  • FroyenLider --The Women's Songs of Kadya Molodowsky: Naomi Seidman. In this class we will read through "Froyen'Lider", the 1924 song-cycle of poems about women by the poet Kadya Molodowsky. We will explore its autobiographical dimension, the question of Molodowsky's feminism ,and the poems' rewriting of traditional religious motifs.
  • Advanced Music -- Melody: Cookie Segelstein explores the elements of melody, stressing rhythmic flexibility, energy flow, ornamental styles, and fills.
  • Advanced Music -- Rhythm: Stu Brotman leads this workshop in advanced listening, from steady time to flexible time, in which we find out that melody and rhythm players are equally responsible for the time feel.
  • Advanced Music -- Accompaniment: Josh Horowitz shows the techniques of supporting melody instruments through asymmetric bass movement, various harmonizing strategies, fills, and turnarounds.
  • Yiddish Dance: Steve Weintraub. Much of klezmer music was created to be dance music. We will cover steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the klezmer repertory: freylakhs, bulgar, sher, and zhok or hora, to name a few. Particular attention will be paid to how to lead the various figures and dances successfully.
  • Yiddish Theater Sports Games: Gerry Tenney. Improvise a story using Yiddish words and phrases. Bring a costume.
  • Teens' Folk Art:  Elaine Belkind  Micrography - make a picture out of words. A traditional Jewish art form The Red String -- renewed interest due to the Kabbalah fad. We will discuss folk beliefs & craft bracelets or amulets using red string Paper Cutting -- many original paper cuts have been lost. Keep this traditional craft alive! These activities can be incorporated into holiday cards if you want to.

4:15-5:30 PM

  • Group Gathering with music sharing, jamming, and dancing.